Tech reviews

Hive Active Heating 2 review

Hive, Nest and others have been putting a lot of energy into a heated battle in the smart thermostat arena. We’ve already reviewed Nest, Tado, Netatmo, Devolo, Heat Genius and Honeywell EvoHome. Here we look at Hive Active Heating 2 with support for multizone. See also: Best smart thermostats.Black Friday Deal Alert: Hive Active Thermostat is reduced to just £119 over at Argos! Historically thermostats were small, uninspiring boxes installed by a plumber, set to 21 degrees and largely forgotten. [...]

Amazon Echo Show review

Amazon’s Echo range has gone from strength to strength since it was introduced in the UK back in 2017, boasting integration with a wide range of smart home products and a growing library of skills. The company recently strengthened the line-up with the introduction of the all-new Echo Show alongside the Echo Plus and second-generation Echo and Echo Dot devices, the first Echo device to boast a 7in display.The display provides an entirely new way to interact with Alexa, [...]

HP 250 G5 review

Compared to some of the colourful and stylish budget laptops around, the HP 250 G5 is a plain-looking laptop with no fancy design features, and a style that positively wants to be ignored. See also: Best budget laptopsBlack Friday Deal Alert: HP 250 G5 is reduced by £100 at eBuyer! It's one of the cheapest laptops you’ll find to use an Intel Core-series processor, instantly solving many of the most serious day-to-day problems you’ll run into using a cheap computer. If [...]

Nest thermostat review (3rd gen)

Smart thermostats let you control your heating from your phone, and usually have intelligent features to heat your home more efficiently and save money. We've reviewed Hive Active Heating as well as plenty of other so read the Best smart thermostats to buy right now.  Here we take a look at the 3rd-gen Nest Thermostat but we've reviewed the Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, and the Nest Cam separately.Black Friday Deal Alert: Nest Learning Thermostat is £70 off [...]

Ring Smart Doorbell review

Smart home security systems are becoming more and more popular in the UK with the likes of MyFox, Netgear and Piper all releasing smart security cameras that can be accessed via smartphones and computers. But what about the front door?Black Friday Deal Alert: The original Ring Doorbell is now just £99 at Argos! While smart doorbells are relatively new in the UK, US residents have been using them for a while and Ring is one of the more popular options. Now available [...]

Hive Active Heating 2 review with multizone

Hive, Nest and others have been putting a lot of energy into a heated battle in the smart thermostat arena. We’ve already reviewed Nest, Tado, Netatmo, Devolo, Heat Genius and Honeywell EvoHome. Here we look at the latest iteration of Hive Active Heating 2 with support for multizone. See also: Best smart thermostats.Black Friday Deal Alert: Hive Active Thermostat is reduced to just £119 over at Argos! Historically thermostats were small, uninspiring boxes installed by a plumber, set to 21 [...]

AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 review

AMD’s Radeon RX Vega graphics card fill a long-standing gap at the high-performance end of the range, where Nvidia had for a long time reigned entirely unchallenged. Released alongside the more powerful Radeon RX Vega 64 (and it’s even faster water-cooled version), the Radeon RX Vega 56 is arguably the most exciting of the three boards as it delivers superior performance at a price set to tempt many away from Nvidia. If you can find one for sale, that is.HOW [...]

Lenovo Yoga Book review

Hats off, Lenovo. In a time where most smartphone are black slabs that look like iPhones and laptops are silver ones aping MacBooks, the company has created a product like no other. The Yoga Book is a svelte, light, futuristic 2-in-1 laptop/tablet that can do an awful lot while looking like it’s from the set of Minority Report.Black Friday Deal Alert: Until 6 December you can save £50 on the Lenovo Yoga Book through Lenovo. Also see: Best Black Friday [...]

HTC U11 Life review

As well as announcing a bigger and better version of it’s flagship phone, HTC has also effectively launched the smaller and cheaper U11 Mini. Here’s our full HTC U11 Life review.Mini versions of phones have all but gone away with only really Sony offering this type of device with, most recently, the Xperia XZ1 Compact. The HTC U11 Life isn’t quite the same deal in terms of specs but offers some of the flagship’s design and features in a mid-range [...]